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News For LYG;AEG;BBVA;DB;UBS;RBS;CS;BCS;RY;ING;SAN From The Last 14 Days
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March 17, 2015
06:30 EDTCSCredit Suisse downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Credit Suisse to Underperform following recent share strength.
March 16, 2015
17:07 EDTCSCredit Suisse to pay Freeport McMoRan $10M to settle allegations, WSJ says
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14:08 EDTSAN, ING, BCS, UBS, DB, RBS, LYG, CSEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
09:30 EDTDBConsortium wants to securitize $5.3B of debt from GE Capital, Reuters says
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06:25 EDTSANBanco Santander able to easily sell subprime auto loan bond, NY Times says
Banco Santander last week was able to easily sell its bond comprised mostly of subprime auto loans, according to The New York Times. The deal was worth $712M, the newspaper noted. Reference Link
March 15, 2015
17:46 EDTCSCredit Suisse has no plans to raise capital, Reuters says
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12:41 EDTDBGE sells Australia-New Zealand consumer lending unit to consortium
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March 13, 2015
16:42 EDTCSStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
15:40 EDTBCS, UBS, RBSDOJ sets $1B staring point in forex settlement talks with banks, Bloomberg says
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15:22 EDTBCS, UBS, RBSDOJ starts forex manipulation settlement talks at $1B per bank, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS) are said to be probed by U.S. over currency manipulation, Bloomberg says.
13:55 EDTCS, RBSRBS favors Union Bancaire Privee in Coutts auction, Bloomberg says
RBS (RBS) has decided that Union Bancaire Privee is its preferred bidder for Coutts and a deal may be reached as soon as this month, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The sources say RBS is also considering Credit Suisse (CS) as well as a joint bid by Societe Generale (SCGLY) and DBS (DBSDY). The agreement has been held up by a German investigation of Coutts, the HSBC tax evasion scandal, and price negotiations due to the Swiss franc, said the sources. Reference Link
09:08 EDTDBDeutsche Bank weighs change of U.S. office space, Bloomberg says
Deutsche Bank is weighing whether to leave, stay, or shrink its 1.66M square foot U.S. office at 60 Wall Street, reports Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. The sources said Deutsche informed landlords last year it wants "at least 1M square feet," with one source claiming the 60 Wall St. property would require extensive remodelling if the company stays. The company's lease on the property runs expires in 2022, and the company will consider skyscrapers at the World Trade Center or Hudson Yards areas, said a source. Reference Link
07:18 EDTBCSBarclays new chairman expected to change investment bank unit, WSJ says
John McFarlane, a former restructuring professional, will become chairman of Barclays next month and may accelerate the bank's move away from investment banking, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing analysts including Chirantan Barua of Bernstein Research. However, it is not clear whether McFarlane will attempt to turn the investment bank unit profitable, or simply cut it down, notes Barua. The Journal notes that McFarlane has told friends that his goal will be to boost shareholder returns rather than changing the bank's culture. Reference Link
05:36 EDTUBSUBS reports FY14 EPS CHR 0.91
Reports FY14 tangible book value per share CHF 12.14. Reports FY14 net profit attributable to shareholders CHF 3.5B. Reports FY14 Common equity Tier 1 capital ratio 19.4%.
March 12, 2015
16:25 EDTSAN, DBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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10:09 EDTCSTidjane Thiam said to plan leadership change at Credit Suisse, FT says
Tidjane Thiam is likely to fire several Credit Suisse (CS) senior managers once he takes over as CEO in June, reports the Financial Times, citing investors, headhunters, and Credit Suisse executives. One senior banker at the company stated current CEO Brady Dougan is "very shy" and predicts a shift in culture away from traders and towards client-focused executives. The process is predicted to take "months" and will likely include the hiring of hiring Prudential (PRU) Chief Risk Officer Pierre-Oliver Bouée as well as the departure of CFO David Mathers, said people familiar with the situation. Reference Link
07:09 EDTSANCitigroup to hold a conference
23rd Annual Latin America Conference in New York on March 12-13.
06:44 EDTCSCredit Suisse CEO to focus on Asia, Reuters says
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06:23 EDTDBHSBC, Citi, others linked to foreign money laundering bank, WSJ says
HSBC (HSBC), Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), and Deutsche Bank (DB) reportedly had correspondent-banking relationships with Banca Privada d’Andorra, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. The Treasury Department Tuesday labeled Banca Privada a "primary money-laundering concern" allegedly working with organized crime, and HSBC "immediately terminated" its relationship with the bank upon learning of the link, said a person familiar with the matter. The three other banks stated they will or have taken appropriate action, and the Treasury Department has not accused the firms of any wrongdoing. Reference Link
06:17 EDTRBSRBS loses key pre-trial battle in GBP 30M lawsuit, Financial Times reports
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